Option 3 is the winner!
Option 3: Go all the way to Austin.
If you’ve been following us from the beginning of the Big Trip, you’ll remember that we had to skip Austin, a place we were very much looking forward to visiting. Our agenda had us passing through Texas in March, right when the big South by Southwest festival takes over the city, and the chaos of the festival would have detracted from our tourist experience. We had so many places on our wishlist out West that we couldn’t kill the time required to wait out the festival, so we had a lovely stay in nearby Fredericksburg and moved on.
We still really want to go to Austin. Our next big trip will be back out West, but north of where we left off before: Northern Utah, Idaho, Montana… not sure exactly what we’ll be able to fit in, but going there via Austin wouldn’t make much sense. Well, why not just go now? It’s a 20 hour drive going the northerly route through Asheville, Nashville , Memphis, and a big swath of Arkansas and Eastern Texas. We could head home by the southerly route through Mobile and Atlanta (where we have family).
So that’s what we’re doing. We’re stopping in Asheville to restock our Wicked Weed (that’s a beer) stash, Memphis for some blues and BBQ (and I am super excited to tell you about the campground we’ve picked out), and a random place our last night on the road–maybe we’ll try our first Walmart parking lot sleepover! In Austin, we’re thrilled to have a spot at Pecan Grove RV Park, a convenient downtown base for exploration, and I’m armed with my 36 Hours list, urban running options, Hill Country hike suggestions, and ideas for some fun things we can’t do at home (bouldering gym! avocado margaritas!).
Let us know if you have recommendations for us!